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The Argon Express 2008? It's not too late!

Posted by Thu, 06 Mar 2008 00:39:00 GMT

Picture yourself and your laptop. It’s been over a day and you’re sitting on a train with a group of Rails developers with a view like this over your shoulder.

Hacking and reading on the train.

Enjoying the sceneary of the U.S.A.

Two years ago… a group of us went from Portland to Chicago for RailsConf 2006 on the Argon Express.

I know this is a tad late… but uf you haven’t purchased plane tickets to Portland yet for CabooseConf or RailsConf 2008 and would be interested in catching the train from somewhere the East Coast, email me and we’ll talk. I’m hoping to organize the Argon Express 2008 over next few weeks.

Campfire messages in Growl

Posted by Wed, 05 Mar 2008 22:24:00 GMT

Our team has slowly been transitioning from IRC to Campfire (iPhone interface helped with this decision) for internal team discussions. Earlier today, I decided to setup Campfire to connect to Growl. There are a few scripts to do this, but I figured that I’d consolidate the steps here for my teammates and share with everyone else in the process.

Step 1: Get stuff installed

You’ll need to install the following programs on OSX.

  • Growl (install and run it)
  • Fluid.app (run a web site in it’s own desktop app)
    • Follow instructions on their homepage (requires restart of Safari)

Step 2: Setup Campfire

Once you have everything installed, you can go ahead and create your Campfire Fluid application. You’ll need to provide your Campfire URL and a name for the application.

Campfire Fluid
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Once you get it running, you should be able to run your Campfire application in it’s own window.

Campfire: Blogging
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Step 3: Install the Campfire Growl script for GreaseKit

Next, you’ll want to install this script, created by Tim Harper, on userscripts.org within your Campfire Fluid.app instance.

Under the Userscripts menu, you’ll see: Browse Userscripts.org.

Userscripts
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Find your way to the script (search for: “Campfire Growl”) to find and install the script.

Growl Notifications with messages for campfire and fluid 2013 Userscripts.org
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Once it installs, you’ll then need to activate it in the Fluid applications management interface. Within Campfire application, go to Userscripts > Manage Userscripts.

manage userscripts
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Then activate it like so:

activate growl
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..and that’s it! When you’re not focused on Campfire… you should see Growl notifications when other people are talking in the active room.

Launch your own RubyURL

Posted by Sun, 02 Mar 2008 00:31:00 GMT

A few weeks ago, I moved RubyURL from subversion to git. During that process, I decided to use my invite to GitHub and have decided to go ahead and open up the source code.

It’s currently a whopping 92 LOC with a 1:2.5 code to spec ratio. (I had a goal to keep is below 100 LOC)

Feel free to grab it and help contribute. This has served almost 14 million redirects since August 2007 and is running on a Rails Boxcar.

To grab it with git.. run: git clone git://github.com/robbyrussell/rubyurl.git.

Feel free to submit tickets to the Rubyurl ticket system.

Enjoy!

UPDATE Ryan McGeary was kind enough to be the first person to help track down a bug and submit patches. :-)

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